Horizon Fitness EX57 Elliptical Review
treadmill Doctor Note :
The EX57 should have been dropped from the Horizon lineup last year... now it's just sad.
Maybe if you could pick it up for $199, I would recommend it, but not for $499.
The Horizon Fitness EX57 is an overpriced elliptical at $499. You didn't read that wrong. $499 is truly to much to ask for with this model, which is really saying something. Even if you get one of the best ellipticals at this price, it's still not going to be one we recommend, but this one takes low end to a new level.
Ergonomically speaking, this machine is awful. Out of all the ellipticals that we reviewed, only three of the cheapest of the xTerra models offer a less natural range of motion. This is exacerbated by the extreme lack of adjustability you'll find with this model. The stride length is fixed at 18", and there are only 8 levels of resistance. You have to really hope that this machine already fits your body type and fitness levels because if it's not, there's not much you can do to fix that.
As far as projected reliability is concerned, this model does not do well. If you are willing to spend an extra $100, you will almost certainly get a major jump in the product's life expectancy. The quality of parts really makes you think that Horizon could have shaved a few hundred dollars off the final price of this machine.
This elliptical is also fairly loud. In all fairness, that's pretty common within this price range. Still, it won't be hard to find a model that has a quiet operation without spending significantly more.
The warranty on the Horizon Fitness EX57 is very poor. Parts and labor are covered for 1 year, the brake is covered for 20 years, and the frame is covered for life. While the coverage is bad, it is in line with the lack of durability. Unfortunately, it's not in line with the price tag.